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There are as many models for valuing stocks and businesses as there are analysts performing valuations. The differences between these models are often emphasized by their users, and the common elements are often ignored. The objective of this program is to provide the fundamentals of the different valuation approaches, an understanding of the limitations of each approach, and examples of each of the applications. The program will address discounted cash flow valuation and the estimation issues that arise when information is imprecise or unavailable, value enhancement through the prism of discounted cash flow models, and contrast techniques. It will also delve into other valuation approaches, such as the use of multiples and comparables in relative valuation, and the use of option pricing to value certain types of stocks and businesses.


Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement. This program is also eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through NASBA.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:


Value a firm using multiples and comparable firms; analyze and critique the use of multiples in valuation

Problem Firms

Develop the tools to value "problem" firms, including financially troubled firms and start-up firms


Estimate the effect restructuring a firm has on value


Day 1

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

Session 1: The Discounted Cash Flow Model

  • Setting up the model

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch

Session 2: Discounted Cash Flow Valuation

  • The big picture of discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation
  • Valuation examples
  • The discount rate
  • Risk premiums and betas
  • The cost of debt
  • Estimating cash flows

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Networking Reception

Day 2

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

Session 3: Discounted Cash Flow Valuation (cont.)

  • Estimating growth rates
  • Estimating growth patterns
  • The terminal value
  • Closing thoughts on DCF valuation

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch

Session 4: Loose Ends in Valuation

  • Cash, cross holdings and other assets
  • The value of control, synergy and transparency
  • The liquidity discount
  • Employee stock options

Day 3

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

Session 5: The Allure of Relative Valuation

  • Categorizing multiples
  • The four steps in analyzing multiples
  • Applying multiples in valuation
  • Finding comparable firms
  • Controlling for differences
  • Picking the right multiple

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch

Session 6: The Real Options Story

  • The option to delay (and value patents and natural resource companies)
  • The option to abandon
  • The option to extend
  • Equity in troubled firms as options

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Program Conclusion and Evaluations

Who should attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

Years of Experience

This course is designed for professionals with 7+ years of work experience

Job Functions

Professionals who want to examine alternative valuation approaches, understand the effects of corporate restructuring on firm value, and/or gain value enhancement strategies for their firms


Please be prepared to supply a valuation you have performed, or a valuation performed by someone else that you would like to examine


Biography Aswath Damodaran holds the Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and is Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. Before coming to Stern, he also lectured in Finance at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Damodaran received a B.A. in Acc...


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